Hiker dies at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Arizona – A man died Thursday while hiking in Grand Canyon National Park.

At approximately 1 p.m., the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a broken 911 call reporting a deceased man in the vicinity of Ribbon Falls near the North Kaibab Trail. Park ranger medics responded by helicopter.

The hiker was a 73-year-old man who was day hiking from Phantom Ranch to Ribbon Falls with several companions. Shortly after arriving, he collapsed.

CPR was initiated by bystanders, while another member of the group hiked to a place on the trail where limited cell service was available and called for help.

The man had been down for approximately 1.5 hours when park medics arrived. He was pronounced dead upon their arrival.

The man and his companions were flown to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The hiker’s body was then transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The man’s name has not yet been released by authorities, and no further information is available at the time of this publication.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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